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The Warrior is a Child

“Little Children, you are from God and overcome them, for HE who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”1

God’s Word frequently uses the reference “Children” when speaking to His people; it even challenges us to be more like them. (Mat. 18:3)

Today, as I briefly observed my 5-year-old nephew, I was reminded of this truth. I watched as he practiced his karate ‘blocks and strikes’ with a Sensei who is more than twice his size. The Sensei would strike, and my nephew would block on cue, confident and unafraid of the “enemy” striking at him because he was prepared to block the “attack”. In that moment I saw that my nephew was a warrior, and that this warrior is a child!


In our lives we are constantly faced with “enemy strikes” coming at us from all sides, in the form of sickness, temptation, feelings of inadequacy or failure, and the list goes on and on. As adults we often find ourselves allowing fear to creep in and doubt to linger. We easily give in to stress and we settle for less because we are much too tired to fight back and suddenly, these “enemies” are more than twice our size. However, we too, can become confident and unafraid because our “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of POWER…”! (2 Tim. 1:7)

Instead, let us become like children, unaltered by the worries of this world that adults carry; and like my warrior nephew, let us block those enemy strikes with the confidence that “… HE who is in me is GREATER than he who is in the world”!

Suggested prayer: Dear God, there are times when the problems of this world overwhelm me, and I would much rather ‘sit this one out’; but I thank you for being GREATER than anything that this life might strike at me. Today, I claim the power that you have given me, your child, to be a warrior! Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.


  1. 1 John 4:4 (ESV).

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